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Is the Virtual Reality Market Saturated?

-- a commentary by Wayfinder Wishbringer, Founder of Elf Clan

IS VIRTUAL REALITY SATURATED?

Over the past few months a statement has been repeated in the Inworldz forums, namely that the virtual reality market is "saturated"... that Second Life has already pulled as many potential customers from the market as are likely to exist and that any new customers are going to have to come from a totally new-concept market.

Personally... I…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 5, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

RP hub and ElfClan

Today I was at a meeting to discuss the RP hub that was announced at the Town hall meeting this june 13th. The RP hub will be open to all roleplay lands, groups, themes and styles. 

If you are in any way involved in RP you might be interested in this topic in Iz forum.…

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Added by Moontan Valeeva on June 17, 2014 at 2:02pm — 8 Comments

Grids Now Offering Larger Regions

In a recent issue of Hypergrid Business there appeared an article talking about grids offering larger regions at no additional cost.  HB quotes one of the grid owners:

"“We don’t raise the price as long as they don’t need to scale the server resources,” he said. This means that long as region renters continue to have the same…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 16, 2014 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

The Virtual World Uphill Struggle

-- A commentary by Wayfinder, as is my occasional habit  ; )

We've all read a great deal lately about problems with Virtual worlds, specifically Inworldz because this is our home.  Some view such as "negativity".  I view such as solid gold customer feedback.  Companies pay for this kind of "information from the trenches".   Valid or invalid, positive or critical... it's customer feedback. 

Customers silently fuming is far more negative and destructive. …

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 14, 2014 at 6:00pm — 35 Comments

Unique Music Instruments Around the World

This is a copy of a post I wrote on the Inworldz forums but I decided to duplicate here for Elf Clan postertity and 'cos music is awesomesauce.  : )

Folks may know that I make cigar box guitars.  The very name classifies it as a "guitar"... however it's played differently, tends to have only 3 strings, and most I've seen are made by hand (power tools is okay too).  To me, that makes almost the entire genre "unique".  All one has to do is…

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Added by Snoots Dwagon on June 12, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"Druid" Role Play in Elf Clan

A couple of members have understandably mentioned a recently announced event regarding "Druid Rituals"... and questioned if such conflicted with the Elf Clan Charter regarding "no religious activities".

I discussed this personally with the leaders of Chanwood and they were most informative and cooperative.  I think to begin this discussion a quote directly from them would be helpful.  Regarding their Druid roleplay and ceremonies, Chanwood states:

"They are…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

DESTROYING THE BOX

Note:  The following blog is not intended as critical of Inworldz specifically, but is rather a commentary on virtual reality in general... and what may be necessary in order for it to survive in a world of highly-competitive computer games and entertainment.

Inworldz has stated it is "not an SL clone" and has no intention of being so.   But more is going to be needed than a few improvements on the basic SL concept to make that claim stand.  This article intends to…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on May 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Taking an Extended Semi-Vacation

Halloo from you friend, Snoots.

I wanted to let everyone know I'm taking an extended semi-vacation from VR (not totally, just semi).  Posting this because our group is very caring and when someone disappears for any length of time, people start wondering if is okay.   So letting you know I'm okay... just shifting priorities. :-)

IT'S BEEN A LONG…

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Added by Snoots Dwagon on April 22, 2014 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

How to Fly an Airplane-- Dwagon Style

HOW TO FLY A PLANE, DWAGON STYLE



* First go to airport sim and swipe a plane. 'Cos dey just sittin' dere!

* Sit in plane and look around wondering wot to do next.

* Press forward arrow key. Press it again. And again. Finally figure out that not does nuthin.

* Touch…
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Added by Snoots Dwagon on January 31, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inworldz Choice Awards 2013

Inworldz enjoyed its first CHOICE AWARDS yesterday, January 26 2014.  The theme line is "Residents Honoring Residents", a public vote of people's favorite people.

The results of the awards are here.  You'll notice several names of Elf Clan members and good friends, of whom I'm not going to even try to list here lest I miss…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Hand-Made Guitar Amp #3

Just finished my third hand-made guitar box amp.   A detailed post about the process can be found here:

Hand-Made Guitar Box Amp

Other…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Advertising in Elf Clan

Greetings members!

Recently we've had a couple of members inquire as to Elf Clan's policy on advertising.  I've therefore expanded the Charter info pages a bit to be more informative.  Here are current Charter guidelines on such:

Group Notices, Events and Merchant Announcements…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 8, 2014 at 9:43am — No Comments

Grand Opening Sendalonde Library

We are very proud to announce the grand opening of the Community Library located in Sendalonde, owned by Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz.

In the past few months hard work has been done to build the library, a huge gothic building and it's surroundings. 

Though a large collection of books, all in fantasy theme, are ofcourse the main attraction there is more to enjoy. Walk in the gardens…

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Added by Moontan Valeeva on January 6, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Fibromyalgia / PTSD Correlation -- an unofficial paper

I've wanted to write this article for some time but have been gathering additional information.  The final piece fell into place when I read a couple of releases on the same subject:

Integrated Tissue Dynamics

In this article it reveals new information:

“Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 5, 2014 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Remodeled Lost-Cause Guitar

Along with the hobby of making Box Guitars I've recently rebuilt three guitars.  Photos of one follow this story.

A CHEAP GUITAR

One in particular was a very cheap guitar I bought from Amazon (China import) because I liked the basic looks…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 4, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hand-Made Box Amp

 

I've taken on a new hobby lately:   box guitars (also known as "cigar box guitars").

 

Rather than a guitar though, my first project started with an amplifier.  After all, how can you test the electronics on a guitar if you don't have an amp available? 

 

Following are photos of my first completed box-amp, with information underneath.  Hope you enjoy the tour. : )

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 4, 2014 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

The Dragon and the Pet Shop

Is true story.

A dragon walks into a local petshop.



"Greetings!" he says to the owner. "Do you have any rabbits?"



"Oh no," the shop owner says. "I know you dragons. You just plan on eating that rabbit. I would not dream of putting the poor creatures through such a final experience!"



The dragon stops and thinks. "I'd really like a pet. How about a guinea pig?"



"You're not fooling me," the shop owner replies. "You're a dragon. You'll…

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Added by Snoots Dwagon on December 15, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

The State of Virtual Reality, Nov 2013

It's been my habit to annually review Virtual Reality as a whole at the end of the year. I usually do that sometime in December, but I'm feeling like writing tonight and I'm only a month early. If something earth-shaking happens in the next 30 days I can always write an update blog.

 

So here it is Sunday, Nov 24 2013. What is the state of Virtual Reality overall?

 

Sadly, not much different than it was a year ago. Or two years ago. Things have changed... but…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on November 24, 2013 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Obsession, Thy Name is Amazon

Did you know you can buy just about anything on Amazon.com?

 

It doesn't matter if you actually need it or not, the lure is always present. You may not have ever thought of that particular item. You may have never seen one before. But suddenly there it is on your screen and before you know it-- you've hit that BUY button.

 

For example, long long ago I read a graphic novel (long comic book). It was a particularly good one but I hadn't thought of it in years...…

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Added by Snoots Dwagon on October 23, 2013 at 9:13pm — 11 Comments

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